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The beauty of the world, which is so soon to perish, has two edges, one of laughter, one of anguish, cutting the heart asunder. --Virginia Woolf

"I gave my beauty and youth to men. Now I am giving my wisdom and experience - the best of me - to animals"- Brigitte Bardot

During World War II, Josephine Baker served with the French Red Cross and was an active member of the French resistance movement. Using her career as a cover Baker became an intelligence agent, carrying secret messages written in invisible ink on her sheet music. She was awarded honor of the Croix de Guerre, and received a Medal of the Resistance in 1946.